Heh heh heh.
So that was pretty awesome.
Fourteen months after the worst possible experience at the Meadowlands, today's Eagles win over the Giants will go down as one of my better (if not best) trip to the soon-to-be-decommissioned stadium. My expectations for the afternoon were certainly pretty low; certainly, I can't complain about the quality of the entertainment. This looked like a Giants - Eagles game: low-scoring, solid defense, tough conditions, litter swirling on the field. Somewhere, Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs and Buddy Ryan were smiling.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that I was anything but shocked by how it all went down. Was it the Eagles that ran the ball, controlled the clock, and played great defense? I expected Andy Reid to order 55 throws into the miserable swirling wind; instead, the Eagles ran between the tackles, threw high-percentage passes, and took the air out of the ball. Et tu, Giants!
For the record, I was extremely well-behaved at the stadium today. Polite throughout, no arguing, no fighting, didn't even gloat a little bit on the way out of the stadium.
Polite ends now, football talk waits for tomorrow -- tonight we gloat:
Don't you just hate traffic? I found it a bit curious that all those folks who were shouting at me as I entered the stadium (actually more polite this time than usual, in all honesty -- they weren't really that bad) managed to file out well before the game was decided. The queuing for the exits began at the nine-minute mark, and by the three-minute mark (see above) it was mostly empty. Proud showing from "Big" Blue's fans! No reason to be excited about the team this year -- I can totally see why you all wanted to split early.
The failures of the soon-to-be-selling-out-his-buddy Antonio Pierce (Part 1). What a thrill to not only enjoy an Eagles victory over my least favorite team, but to have my least favorite player on said least favorite team play poorly! Antonio Pierce, you're a big cheating jerk for trying to sit on the ball at the end of the first half. Sorry about the penalty, big guy. It's one thing to get a penalty in the run of play, it's another to cost your team yards (and a clock stoppage) for a silly bush-league move. Thanks!
The failures of the soon-to-be-selling-out-his-buddy Antonio Pierce (Part 2). How about that pass-interference call on Pierce? Next time try to at least make it seem you're looking for the ball before you tackle the receiver.
The failures of the soon-to-be-selling-out-his-buddy Antonio Pierce (Part 3). This one played out in slow motion for me...Dunavin buying time, Westbrook slips out of the backfield, McNabb leads him perfectly, Westbrook has a step on Pierce and he's running toward the corner of the field where we were sitting (about the 10-yard line), my eyes scan forward and realize there aren't any Giants on that side of the field, I look back at Westbrook and he's easily pulling away from Pierce. Ballgame (!).
In case you find the score misleading. If the Eagles' loss to the Giants earlier this year wasn't as close as the final score suggested, then the Eagles' win today wasn't as close as the score suggested. Had the Birds not managed to turn a FG attempt in the closing seconds of the first half into a touchdown for the opposing team (FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR) and then surrendered a prevent-defense touchdown while up by 13 points, this would have looked a lot worse. For the avoidance of doubt.
For those of you who thought you saw BountyBowl on FOX. Yup, that was me. Screencap below. Try and guess which one I am!
And the Cowboys just lost too? What a day. Go Birds.